MEDFORD, Ore. — Students are on Day 7 of an altered schedule since the strike began, and district officials say the coursework assigned to students from kindergarten through high school is thought-out by substitutes, principals and curriculum teams.
A Lone Pine Elementary parent, Jaime Mercer, has two kids attending the school a kindergartener and a second grader. She says her second grader completes about 10 worksheets a day in subjects like math and reading, with some coloring mixed in.
Mercer’s second grader, Landon, completes the work sheets and his mother said although not ideal, the school still provides the best learning environment for her kids. Mercer says Landon is happy to be with his friends throughout the day, and still enjoys playing soccer at recess. As for those worksheets, she says they are being graded.
“There was a couple of sheets they actually had him re-do because it was not legible. So she went through and had red marks saying ‘please re-do,’ so they are being graded,” Mercer said.
Mercer also says both she and her kids want their teachers back. Secondary Education Director, Todd Bloomquist says the substitute teachers are licensed and qualified to put lesson plans together in preparation for upcoming state assessments.